Glenn Close: London theatre and global stardom
With a hoard of awards and accolades and a career that spans stage and screen, Close is acting royalty. She's impressed stateside, from Broadway musicals to Hollywood hits, and at London's National Theatre, in 2002's stellar production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Now, in a long-awaited starring role on the West End, Glenn Close will play a silent movie actress desperate to revive her career.
Sunset Boulevard stage adaptation
Based on the black comedy film by Billy Wilder, Sunset Boulevard the Musical brings Hollywood to the stage. In the confines of a crumbling mansion on Sunset Boulevard, dwindling silent-screen star Norma Desmond plans a masterful comeback. Dodging debt-collectors, screenwriter Joe Gillis is enchanted by the allure of this faded glamour and luxury. As they team up to create a hit film, the working relationship turns volatile and the comedy darkens.
With a score by master of musical theatre Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, the stage version of Sunset Boulevard premiered over 20 years ago at London's Adelphi Theatre and went on to break records as the most expensive musical to run on Broadway.
Hot ticket: Sunset Boulevard booking
This revival will be semi-staged and brought to life with the full English National Orchestra performing live each evening. Sunset Boulevard is the second collaboration between the ENO and the GradeLinnit Company, who scored big with a blockbuster, sellout run of Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson.
This next project is set to be just as sought after: "The combination of multiple award-winning Glenn Close, making her West End stage debut, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Sunset Boulevard, will once again pack the London Coliseum with ENO regulars and new audiences for us" predicts Cressida Pollock, ENO's chief executive.
And, with 100 tickets for every performance priced at just £12, and such a big star in the lead role, Sunset Boulevard tickets will fly. We suggest you book pronto.
|What||Sunset Boulevard, London Coliseum|
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|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
01 Apr 16 – 07 May 16, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM
|Price||£12 - £105|
|Website||Click here to book via the ENO|